Your Facelift from Incision to Recovery

Want to turn back the clock on aging?  A facelift can restore your youthful looks.  A facelift reduces facial wrinkles and tightens and tones sagging skin for an overall more youthful appearance.  It also corrects wrinkles around the nose and mouth, sagging in the midface and jowls, and loose neck skin.

Below is an overview of what to expect from your facelift from incision to recovery.

  • Facelift incisions: The incisions for facelift surgery are typically made in the hairline, starting at the temples and extending in front of and behind the ears.  The incisions follow the natural contours of the face and end in the lower scalp, so scars are usually well-hidden.  Incisions may be modified depending on the area of the face being targeted.
  • Facelift Surgery:  During a facelift the plastic surgeon will pull the skin away from the underlying fat and muscle, and remove excess fat.  The deep facial tissues will also be repositioned or tightened, in order to restore youthful facial contours.  Excess skin is also removed before the skin is sutured.
  • Facelift recovery: Patients are typically given comprehensive instructions regarding post-surgical care.  Some swelling and bruising should be expected, and can last for several weeks.  However, a bandage is placed around the face to cover incisions, and this helps to minimize swelling. 

Rest is recommended for the first few days after surgery.  Sutures are removed within 1-3 weeks, and most of the swelling should resolve within 3 weeks of surgery, so some improvement will be visible at that time (learn more).

Would you like to learn more about getting a facelift?  Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Greenbrae and Walnut Creek, CA areas, contact board certified plastic surgeon Robert Aycock M.D. for a consultation.

You can reach Dr. Aycock at, or by calling (415) 903-8463 (Greenbrae) or (925) 236-9748 (Walnut Creek).

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